Wisconsin Supreme Court

In the state Supreme Court race, Michael Screnock has branded his opponent, Rebecca Dallet, as “a liberal activist judge” while claiming he is free of partisan, political or ideological intent. This is, in his case, an audacious falsehood. more

Mar 22, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Progressives miss a sure bet at getting another seat on the state Supreme Court in low-turnout primary. The liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet will face conservative Judge Michael Screnock in April 3 general election. more

Feb 21, 2018 10:08 AM News 1 Comments

Conservatives have increased their hold on the Wisconsin Supreme and now hold a 5-to-2 majority. But this year could mark the end of that trend — if the conservative contender for the job does not survive the primary and make it onto the ballot. more

Feb 8, 2018 5:00 AM News 2 Comments

Conservative Justice Michael Gableman pushed through a proposal to hide administrative court proceedings from public view. In doing so, he treated two women justices from the liberal camp, who are far more distinguished than he is, with contempt. more

Jun 27, 2017 1:15 PM Opinion 13 Comments


David Michael Miller

Republican-backed State Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler ran unopposed, winning a second 10-year term. Given the fury over Trump and the November elections, a liberal challenger would have had a chance. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments

They want strict thresholds for when judges have to recuse themselves. High campaign donations have led citizens to “rightfully ask whether justice is for sale.” more

Jan 11, 2017 4:37 PM News


David Michael Miller

You can trace the political decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court to kill the John Doe probe back to one group in particular: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion

Do conservatives endorse seeking donations from wealthy donors in exchange for special favors? Do conservatives think political campaigns should be free to coordinate with outside groups? Leaked John Doe documents force these questions. more

Sep 22, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion

On Friday afternoon, Gov. Scott Walker selected Daniel Kelly to be the state's next Supreme Court justice. Kelly has compared affirmative action to slavery and criticized same-sex marriage. more

Jul 22, 2016 5:10 PM News 3 Comments

The three finalists Gov. Scott Walker is considering for state Supreme Court are predictably conservative. But one of them, attorney Daniel Kelly, believes affirmative action is as bad as slavery and calls same-sex marriage “coerced dignity.” more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM News 1 Comments

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser will leave the bench July 31, just five years into his 10-year term. Gov. Scott Walker will be able to appoint another justice that is all but certain to reaffirm the court’s conservative slant. more

May 5, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Andy Manis

JoAnne Kloppenburg lost in the high-spending campaign for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. Her supporters say she was defeated not by Justice Rebecca Bradley, but by “M-O-N-E-Y.” more

Apr 6, 2016 9:54 AM News 4 Comments


David Michael Miller

​Justice Rebecca Bradley raised $100,000 more than her Supreme Court opponent, Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, in the latest reporting period. Bradley is also getting more support from dark-money groups. more

Mar 31, 2016 5:00 AM News 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

​In a monumental battle for the state Supreme Court, Justice Rebecca Bradley and Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg advance vastly different views of the role of law. Will money be the deciding factor in the April 5 election? more

Mar 17, 2016 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments

​Wisconsin Alliance for Reform spent $1 million urging residents to call Justice Rebecca Bradley’s office. Although the ads failed to generate many phones calls, it got Bradley’s name on the TV and radio ahead of last month’s primary. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Bill Lueders

After surviving Tuesday’s low-key primary, Justice Rebecca Bradley and Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg move onto epic battle for Supreme Court seat. more

Feb 17, 2016 9:50 AM News

After questioning Judge Joe Donald’s judicial philosophy, Alan Talaga sits down with the Supreme Court candidate to learn more about him. more

Feb 14, 2016 5:30 PM Madland 2 Comments

Democrats should hope that Bernie Sanders stays in the race for a competitive primary with Hillary Clinton on April 5. It could help boot a conservative justice from the high court. more

Feb 11, 2016 1:00 PM Madland 3 Comments

The Milwaukee Circuit Court judge and candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court says he is an independent. But he has not done enough to explain the approach he would take in his new job. more

Feb 10, 2016 9:33 AM Madland 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

In this week’s Isthmus on WORT, Bill Lueders explains why Supreme Court candidates call each other “partisan.” more

Feb 9, 2016 1:07 PM News